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Need some input on new build please.

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March 19, 2012 8:26:25 PM

Here are the specs for the new build:

Asus Sabertooth Z77 Mobo
Intel Core i5 2500k
Dual SLI-EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti FTW+ or EVGA GeForce GTX 560 TI Classified Ultra(Depends on affordability at the time)
Corsair Professional Series Gold AX850 PSU
16Gb Corsair Dominator 1333 (4x4GB Quad Channel Kit)
Corsair Airflow Memory cooler (packed with Quad Kit)
Corsair H100 Liquid cooler on CPU (4 fans in push/pull config)
Corsair White Graphite 600T Case
There are 5 7200 RPM Hard drives, 2 LG DVD-RW Light-scribe Drives and an additional fan controller with Multi card reader.

I use my computer for everything. I play allot of games including BF3, AA3, CSS, Mass Effect 3, Crysis and others. I also plan to use it as my HTPC. I do allot of Adobe CS5 work. Mostly Photoshop. I am a Photographer and since I work with image files ranging in size from 8mb up to as much as 4gb I need that 16Gb of ram.

The Mobo supports LucidLogix Virtu MVP. I would like to know if this will allow me to run my two primary monitors in Dual View off the main GPU and then run my 47" LCD TV off of the On-board HDMI. From what I have read I can only run two monitors on the GPU's even with Dual SLI. So I want to know how I can run the TV as a separate Monitor.

Also some feedback on the system as a whole would be helpful. I do plan to upgrade the system to an Ivy Bridge CPU in the future. Just not sure if I will be able to afford it right off the bat.

Thanks! :hello: 

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March 19, 2012 9:20:31 PM

Why not go X79? It's perfect for this type of build. I can never recommend hardware that isn't out yet as it's impossible to predict how your components will behave on it. It's stupid to go the buy now - upgrade to Ivy path later on, you never want to buy the same part twice if you can possibly help it - you always want to get the single strongest components you can get for the price.

The memory cooler is completely worthless and I would not use liquid cooling. And instead of two weaker cards - it's *ALWAYS* better to get a single, stronger card.

Here's an X79 configuration I recommend:

Case: Corsair Carbide 500R - $139.99
PSU: Corsair Professional Series HX850 - $179.99
Motherboard: Asus Sabertooth X79 - $329.99
CPU: 3.30GHz Intel Core i7-3820 - $319.99
Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 - $85.99
RAM: Mushkin Enhanced Redline 1600MHz - $159.99
SSD: 128GB Crucial M4 - $164.99
HD: Samsung Ecogreen F4 2TB - $149.99
Optical: LG Blu Ray Burner - $79.99
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 - $359.99

Total: $1,978.95
March 19, 2012 9:29:00 PM

g-unit1111 said:
Why not go X79? It's perfect for this type of build. I can never recommend hardware that isn't out yet as it's impossible to predict how your components will behave on it. It's stupid to go the buy now - upgrade to Ivy path later on, you never want to buy the same part twice if you can possibly help it - you always want to get the single strongest components you can get for the price.

The memory cooler is completely worthless and I would not use liquid cooling. And instead of two weaker cards - it's *ALWAYS* better to get a single, stronger card.

Here's an X79 configuration I recommend:

Case: Corsair Carbide 500R - $139.99
PSU: Corsair Professional Series HX850 - $179.99
Motherboard: Asus Sabertooth X79 - $329.99
CPU: 3.30GHz Intel Core i7-3820 - $319.99
Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 - $85.99
RAM: Mushkin Enhanced Redline 1600MHz - $159.99
SSD: 128GB Crucial M4 - $164.99
HD: Samsung Ecogreen F4 2TB - $149.99
Optical: LG Blu Ray Burner - $79.99
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 - $359.99

Total: $1,978.95


Yea I cant afford all that. Not by a long shot. I already have most of those components on my current build. All I am purchasing is the Mobo, CPU and Graphics cards.
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March 19, 2012 10:54:45 PM

etrnlxdarkness said:
Yea I cant afford all that. Not by a long shot. I already have most of those components on my current build. All I am purchasing is the Mobo, CPU and Graphics cards.


Then how about this:

Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - Asrock X79 Extreme 6
CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - Intel Core i7-3820
RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - G.Skill Ares
GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - Sapphire Radeon HD 7850

Total: $886.94
March 19, 2012 11:09:45 PM

Everything looks good. The 2500k be good enough for gaming and that 850w PSU will me more than enough power for SLI.

Only thing I'd change (if you don't already own it) is the RAM. I'd go at least 1600MHz instead of 1333. It's about the same price and sometimes cheaper if you get 2 8GB (4x2) sets instead of one 16GB set. If you already own it you shouldn't see a whole lot of difference though.
March 19, 2012 11:41:23 PM

my advice is go for 1600 Mhz ram and an i7 2600k (better for adobe/photoshop) and Noctua D14
March 19, 2012 11:57:26 PM

Well I do already own the Corsair RAM. I thought about stepping up to the 1600MHz but I can easily overclock the 1333MHz I already have. I do plan on Overclocking the processor anyway. So that shouldn't be an issue.

I won't buy an ATI or AMD graphics card. I prefer Nvidia.

I also don't need the 2011 socket. Too much money. I can get everything I need out of the 1155 socket. Thats why I chose it. I'm not rich and I am prolly gonna end up spending too much on this as it is. That Sabertooth board will prolly cost close to $300 and thats pushing my budget pretty hard. So unless your offering to buy the stuff for me I will stick with the 1155. :) 

As far as the i7 CPU goes, I am hoping that Ivy bridge will push prices on the i& down so that I can afford one. But I will just have to wait and see. I won't be buying this stuff until they actually release the Z77 Chipset which should correspond closely with the Ivy Bridge release. So this is yet to be determined i guess you could say. So, that being said, yes, the i7 2600k or better is on my list of possibilities. :) 
March 20, 2012 12:01:14 AM

Oh I forgot to mention that i already own the H100 and wont need the Noctua thing. Good idea though, I have heard it's an awesome cooler.

Actually I am more concerned about the television aspect of the build. Whether or not I will be able to run the third monitor or not. The Mobo supports LucidLogix Virtu MVP. I would like to know if this will allow me to run my two primary monitors in Dual View off the main GPU and then run my 47" LCD TV off of the On-board HDMI. From what I have read I can only run two monitors on the GPU's even with Dual SLI. So I want to know how I can run the TV as a separate Monitor. The other option might be a third Physics card to run the TV off of. But I have heard that this might not work either.
March 20, 2012 1:51:48 PM

One other question to add to this. How much of a bottleneck will there be in cpu/ram/graphics if any? I don't wish to OC the Graphics as they are already factory OC'd and will run hot as they are. I don't mind putting a moderate OC on the CPU and RAM though as long as i don't have to do too much tweaking. I'm not too good at the whole OC thing.
March 27, 2012 2:41:03 AM

Well since no one has an answer the thread can be closed. I will find out when I get the mobo.
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